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The 110-year-old Ceramics Program in Syracuse University’s School of Art and Design is ideally positioned to offer a Minor degree in Ceramics to all undergraduate students of the university. With the combination of three full-time faculty, a technician, extensive facilities and highly qualified graduate students, the Ceramics Program is more than capable to provide a Minor degree.

While candidates for this degree may come from any discipline within the University, the Ceramics Program has a history of attracting students from Architecture, Industrial Design, Geology, Engineering and Business. The Ceramics Program teaches equally to the fine art major, as well as students of craft and to the many architectural and industrial practices that involve ceramic processes. The field of ceramics has direct historical ties with design, engineering, architecture, geology, business and studies in art history. Indirectly the connections broaden to incorporate literature, poetry, philosophy and politics as they pertain to the ceremonies and content that surround ceramic objects and their relevance to cultural identity.

The prospective advantage of minors working alongside majors is very exciting considering the different expertise that students from other majors at the University will bring to their ceramic work and to the content and conversation among the studio arts major population in the Ceramics Program. This has been the experience of the Ceramics Faculty over the years as they have numerous exceptional and engaged students expressing a desire to minor in this exciting and historically rich major.


•3.0 gpa
•Must enter by the beginning of Junior Year.
•Limit of 18 students accepted at any one time (subject to review). (Open to campus as a whole)
•Rolling admission. Requires review meeting with all f/t faculty in Ceramics Program.


•Students accepted into the Minor will be assigned a faculty advisor from the f/t faculty in the Ceramics Program.


•18 total credit hours for completion of Minor
• 2 Courses (6 cr.) from the following suite of introductory courses:
CER 223 (Introduction to Wheelthrowing History/Methods 3 cr.)
CER 224 (Second Semester Wheelthrowing History/Methods 3 cr.)
CER 221 (Introduction to Handbuilding History/Methods 3 cr.)
CER 222 (Second semester to Handbuilding History/Methods 3 cr.)

CER 323/324 (Intermediate/Advanced Wheelthrowing 6 cr.) AND/OR
CER 321/322 (Intermediate/Advanced Handbuilding 6 cr.)

CER 423/424 (Advanced Wheelthrowing 6 cr.) AND/OR
CER 421/422 (Advanced Handbuilding 6 cr.)

•Courses that may be substituted after completing 6 credits from the Introductory Suite of courses:
CER 327/328 (Clay and Glaze Technology 6 cr.)
CER 524 (Ceramic Research Problems – variable credit 1-6cr.).

These substitutions will allow the advisor to individualize the course content to the student and take advantage of the most relevant of the current offerings in the Ceramics Program.